Monday Aug 06, 2007

Yo Yo Weight and Our Stock



They both depress me.  The right number makes me ridiculously happy; the wrong depresses me beyond reason.  Yes, i know this is not rational.  Yes, I know our stock is up 40 percent over last year.  And yes, I'm thankful my weight is not up 40 percent over last year.  But still...

Having missed the boom years, I can't really relate to being a multimillionaire, at least on paper.  But I can definitely relate to losing money, on paper and in our family bank account - after all, we weren't exactly financial wizards who managed to avoid the dot.com crash.   Today, it's not so much about losing money (I joined Sun recently enough that I'm in the fortunate position of not having options underwater), it's more about making money.  And watching our stock drop after our outstanding FY07 is really, really annoying.

But that's just money.  Let's talk about something that strikes even harder  - fitting into my jeans.  Arghh.  The scale goes up, the scale goes down.  The jeans fit, the jeans don't fit.  Was it the cookie I ate?  The glass of very good wine I couldn't resist? It's nature's cruel little joke that as the years go by, the body gets worse.  For women, weight clings to us like white on rice, hairs sprout from our chins while thinning on our heads, the wrinkles...   OK, I'll stop now.  My male readers are probably gagging and my younger female readers are thinking, "Oh, please, don't let that happen to me."

So here's the scoop.  There are some things we cannot control.  There are some things we can. The aging process and the market can't be controlled.  What we eat and how we conduct our business can.  If our stock goes up another 40 percent this next fiscal year, no one - including yours truly - will be complaining.  As for my jeans?  Alas, an expanding market, complicated by inflation and very good dry martinis...





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